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Grandma's Boy : Boy what an amazing film !
Grandma's Boy (DVD)
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Grandma's Boy (DVD)
Advantages: Highly comical, good acting, laugh out loud
Disadvantages: Not all that much of an interesting storyline
As with quite a few reviews I seem to do, this film is not one of the mainstream hollywood fame ridden greats. But hey, the whole point of a review site is surely to get a wide range on everything, not masses and masses of the same junk about one or two films.
This statement fits in nicely with the addition of this review, on the 2006 film, 'Grandma's Boy'.
No, I hadn't heard of it either. Maybe this is why that up to now, this film has only 5 reviews on the site.
Partly because I wanted to try something different, partly because the reviews it did receive on here were good, and partly because I just fancied watching a fun, easy-going comedy, I went for this choice, and boy, what a film!
Brought to us by Adam Sandlers production company 'Happy Madison', I was half hoping, half knowing that this would be a hit, relating to previous successes on their other films. Unfortunately, Sandler himself did not feature, but the cast were still big timers, many of which had previously worked with him on many occasions in things such as Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Big Daddy, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
The main character is portrayed through the acting of Allen Covert, who also co-wrote the film. I deem this to be a good idea as the two tasks seemed to combine well and he perfected his role to an astounding level. I suppose by being a writer and an actor, he knew exactly what he wanted from his character, and could complete the role the way he wanted.
I usually include in my reviews some form of basic, sometimes even extensive, plot synopsis, but with this film I just did not know where to begin. I have literally just watched the movie and already it seems a completely random pile of randomness, involving everything from lions, to games consoles, to African tribesmen, to drugs, to grandmas-having-sex, to the antiques road show, even to an xbox playing monkey who, of course, can drive a car.
Now half of you, the readers, will think Oh dear, I must immediately run away, never look back, and banish anybody to kingdom come if they ever speak of this film. All I can say is, please, give it a chance. If you don't like it you can always turn it off. But I'm sure, with an open mind and a willing imagination, you too, will reap the entertainment from this movie.
And the other half, like me, will think Oh my, this film is quite possibly so unreal its awesome!
- If you want a fantasy adventure, see Lord of the Rings.
- If Sci-fi is your thing, Star Wars is for you.
- If you wish to be scared by zombies, Dawn of the Dead is a must.
- If you want an action thriller, sit back and enjoy James Bond.
If, on the other hand, you just want 96 minutes of pure 100% top class entertainment, look no further than 'Grandma's Boy'.
I can't reiterate enough how much you will enjoy this movie. Sure, if you're after a structural phenomenon, it is probably best to go and look at a bridge, but if you want to watch genuine laugh out loud moments all of the way through, this is for you.
I can't remember the last time I laughed so much at a film, and I see a lot of movies!
You may have guessed by now, that I rate the comical aspect of this film rather highly, but thats still not all!
Great films are sometimes made so by the great acting within, a term I believed to have been generated within this film. Top class acting from every single character makes it the loveable gem it is!
Below is a brief run -down of some of the cast, if you don't know their name, I'm sure you will recognise their faces if you were to see.
E.R. fans will no doubt recognise Linda Cardellini (Sam Taggart) who perfects her role as a project manager in the film and who is fallen for by a few of the male characters in the film, and a lot of the male viewers watching the film.
As I mentioned before, Allen Covert is the main character and he does an exceedingly good job. He does it so well that he actually seems to make an unlovable character loveable.
Now, as the film is called Grandma's Boy, you will probably be wondering what has a Grandma got to do with all of this? Well, she is the lady who allows Alex, the main character to live in her house, as it is his Grandma. She is fittingly played by popular television actor Doris Roberts, who will be better known for playing Marie Barone in sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. Her character in that, and her character in this are very similar, but for the generation upgrade (Mom to Grandma), and I think this helps her to fit very accordingly to the role provided. She is the sort of homely person who will do everything for her beloved Grandson, just expect things to take an exciting turn when she mistakenly confuses some weed for tea leaves. She and her two friends take this 'herbal-tea' and subsequently have a party in their house, which is a turning point in the film.
Joel Moore, who plays a sort of bad guy in the film, is one of the funniest characters in there. Thinking he is a genius from the matrix, he, for some reason, pretends to be a robot for half of his lines, something which doesn't sound as hilarious as it actually is to see. The sort of character who doesn't 'gel' well with other citizens he almost appears creepy, especially when he begins talking to himself in 'robot voice'.
Jonah Hill, as he always seems to be, is a semi-main character, one of the best friends of the main character. He had some magnificent roles to live up to and to sadly put a downer on the discussion, I have to admit, he didn't do as well in this as he did in his other films. That's not to say he did bad in this, just not as amazing as he has done previously.
One of the things that got me laughing audibly from the get go was the character played by Nick Swardson. An adult by body, but a child by heart he lives with, and constantly refers to them as his room-mates, when actually, they are his parents. He also sleeps in a car bed, you know the ones, small children sleep in them if they are particular fond of racing cars. This character is just a very funny addition to the film, without which would not be as humorous as it is.
Reading back, this review does seem a little one sided, but I can't help that due to me believing the extent of its' greatness. I know it will not appear a hit to everybody, but I think its safe to say it will be thoroughly loved by the majority!
Summary: One of the funniest, most random films ever seen !